'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' Down Sharply from Wednesday, But Still #1 on Thursday with $9.96MDecember 19, 2014 12:55 PM

by Daniel Garris

Warner's The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies took in $9.96 million on Thursday. The third and final chapter of Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy was down a sharp 59 percent from Wednesday's performance. The large daily percentage decline on Thursday isn't the greatest initial sign going forward, though it should be noted that such a large percentage of Wednesday's reported gross coming from Tuesday night shows does inflate Thursday's percentage decrease a bit. In comparison, 2002's The Two Towers fell 47 percent on its first Thursday to gross $13.88 million. With a two-day start of $34.41 million, The Battle of the Five Armies is running 14 percent behind the $40.04 million take of The Two Towers. At its current pace, The Battle of the Five Armies appears headed for a five-day start in the neighborhood of $85 million.

Fox's Exodus: Gods and Kings held steady in second place with $1.22 million. The pricey Ridley Scott directed biblical epic starring Christian Bale was down 7 percent from Wednesday. Exodus: Gods and Kings placed in second for the week (behind The Battle of the Five Armies) with a seven-day start of $30.84 million. While that was on the low end of pre-release expectations, the film is off to an underwhelming start with its price tag in mind and has been displaying early signs of being significantly front-loaded for a December release.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 took in $1.09 million to remain in third. The third installment of Lionsgate's blockbuster franchise increased 6 percent over Wednesday and was down a healthy 24 percent from last Thursday. Mockingjay - Part 1 placed in third for the week with $17.28 million. That represented a 38 percent decline from the previous frame and brings the film's four-week total to $281.48 million. Mockingjay - Part 1 is now $18.52 million away from becoming the second release of 2013 to reach the $300 million domestic milestone.

Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the day with $0.502 million. The 3D computer animated film from Fox and DreamWorks Animation was up 9 percent from Wednesday and down only 2 percent from last Thursday. Penguins of Madagascar placed in fourth for the week with $9.11 million. That was down 30 percent from the previous week and brings the film's 23-day total to an underwhelming $60.65 million.

Paramount's Top Five continued to claim sixth place with $0.439 million. The critically acclaimed comedy starring and directed by Chris Rock was down 2 percent from Wednesday. Top Five rounded out the week's top five with a seven-day start of $8.89 million, which was on the low end of expectations. The film will be playing in 1,307 locations this weekend.

Weekend Actuals (Domestic) Fri, May. 14 - Sun, May. 16

Wide (1000+)

1Iron Man 2$52,041,005-59%4,39010$11,854$211,200,8762Paramount
2Robin Hood$36,063,000--3,503--$10,295$36,063,0001Universal
3Letters to Juliet$13,540,486--2,968--$4,562$13,540,4861Summit
4Just Wright$8,284,989--1,831--$4,525$8,284,9891Fox Searchlight
5How to Train Your Dragon$5,003,536-25%2,620-1760$1,910$207,647,6968Paramount / DreamWorks
6A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)$4,657,000-49%3,075-257$1,514$56,067,0003Warner Bros. / New Line
7Date Night$3,823,515-30%2,481-253$1,541$86,522,6226Fox
8The Back-up Plan$2,387,480-53%2,497-506$956$34,124,7824CBS Films
9Furry Vengeance$2,242,106-50%2,695-307$832$15,089,0703Summit
10Clash of the Titans (2010)$1,231,000-51%1,300-857$947$160,128,0007Warner Bros.
11Death at a Funeral (2010)$1,138,148-51%1,062-644$1,072$40,495,9645Sony / Screen Gems

Limited (100 — 999)

3The Last Song$544,414-54%802-501$679$61,240,3887Disney
5The Losers$459,000-75%701-1749$655$22,761,0004Warner Bros.
6City Island$442,158-27%2536$1,748$3,608,5609Anchor Bay
7Alice in Wonderland (2010)$440,202-38%403-179$1,092$331,533,91511Disney
8Diary of a Wimpy Kid$386,876-14%468-157$827$61,978,6949Fox
9The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secreto de Sus Ojos)$368,338-4%10399$3,576$2,092,1995Sony Pictures Classics
11The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009)$327,304-33%178-9$1,839$5,764,3319Music Box
12Hot Tub Time Machine$306,000-42%458-344$668$49,185,0008MGM
13Shutter Island$292,3678%310121$943$127,213,67013Paramount
14She's Out of My League$245,602-6%206-55$1,192$31,584,72210Paramount
15The Bounty Hunter$218,252-45%293-169$745$65,037,8169Sony / Columbia
16Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married Too?$172,303-61%281-123$613$59,681,3857Lionsgate
17Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief$123,170-9%209-12$589$88,354,45014Fox
18The Ghost Writer$116,995-51%150-81$780$15,084,11413Summit
19The Tooth Fairy$82,575-30%132-28$626$59,828,42717Fox
20Our Family Wedding$62,775-20%103-16$609$20,092,23910Fox Searchlight
21The Crazies$57,042-15%111-38$514$39,103,37812Overture

Platform (1 — 99)

1Hubble 3D$323,00011%480$6,729$5,743,0009Warner Bros. / IMAX
2Please Give$248,1723%4923$5,065$735,4673Sony Pictures Classics
3Exit Through the Gift Shop$215,33412%4514$4,785$1,269,7865Producers Distribution Agency
4Princess Kaiulani$186,980--33--$5,666$186,9801Roadside Attractions
5Harry Brown$135,732-6%6017$2,262$590,8893Samuel Goldwyn
6Mother and Child$60,76941%2420$2,532$119,6162Sony Pictures Classics
7La Mission$56,000-21%36-5$1,556$707,0006Screen Media
9Under the Sea 3D$37,000-18%184$2,056$21,979,00066Warner Bros. / IMAX
10Metropolis (1927) (2010 re-issue)$30,79754%42$7,699$65,4662Kino International
11The Joneses$26,543-51%56-12$474$1,400,4865Roadside Attractions
12The Human Centipede (First Sequence)$26,100-30%181$1,450$88,4663IFC
13Letters to God$26,000-56%75-37$347$2,794,0006Vivendi
14Cop Out$24,000-44%53-38$453$44,867,00012Warner Bros.
15The Secret of Kells$23,87942%264$918$460,92611GKIDS
16Mid-August Lunch (Pranzo di Ferragosto)$22,863-45%20-2$1,143$389,1819Zeitgeist
17The Runaways$20,232-41%49-16$413$3,528,4549Apparition
18Crazy Heart$18,882-49%50-25$378$39,436,62322Fox Searchlight
19Chloe$18,774-60%29-24$647$2,965,2898Sony Pictures Classics
20Broken Embraces$18,560-22%20-12$928$4,991,84726Sony Classics
21Casino Jack and the United States of Money$18,317-35%112$1,665$58,3562Magnolia
22Brooklyn's Finest$15,572-50%64-49$243$27,154,42611Overture
23A Prophet (Un proph├Ęte)$15,437-17%3322$468$2,029,66112Sony Classics
24The Good, the Bad, the Weird$14,962-3%155$997$71,0836IFC
25The Square (2010)$14,923-40%14-3$1,066$242,4526Apparition
27Ajami$8,67812%133$668$580,45335Kino International
28Daddy Longlegs$8,323--1--$8,323$8,3231Sundance Selects
29The Last Station$8,196-46%18-16$455$6,585,85318Sony Pictures Classics
30Best Worst Movie$8,171--1--$8,171$18,6044Area23a
31The Art of the Steal (2010)$8,010-33%17--$471$529,08312IFC Films
32OSS 117: Lost in Rio$7,984-20%41$1,996$23,46157Music Box
33Deadfall Trail$7,430--3--$2,477$7,4301Nocturnal Features
34No One Knows About Persian Cats$7,03950%6-1$1,173$54,7875IFC
35North Face (Nordwand)$6,974-42%11-13$634$697,20916Music Box Films
36Looking for Eric$6,743--2--$3,372$6,7431IFC
37Beetle Queen Conquers Tokyo$6,400--1--$6,400$10,0001Argot Pictures
38Here and There (Tamo i Ovde)$6,352--1--$6,352$6,3521Cinema Purgatorio
39Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure$6,2454%60$1,041$23,159,682137National Geographic
40The Little Traitor$5,481-28%3-1$1,827$308,14923Westchester Films
41The Eclipse$5,229-18%71$747$110,2008Magnolia
42When You're Strange$5,032195%3-2$1,677$219,0316Abramorama
43Everyone Else$4,926212%43$1,232$48,34748Cinema Guild
44Madeo (Mother)$4,443-59%13-7$342$506,23951Magnolia
45Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel$3,900-30%15-11$260$219,613,00021Fox
46The Living Wake$3,821--1--$3,821$3,8211Mangusta Productions
47Sweetgrass$3,586-20%4-2$897$148,92434Cinema Guild
48The Yellow Handkerchief$3,229-55%102$323$317,04012Samuel Goldwyn Films
49The Girl on the Train (2010)$3,026-27%50$605$195,28117Strand Releasing
50Killing Kasztner$2,85919%20$1,430$112,31330Sky Island Films
51The Good Heart$2,6914%62$449$16,3253Magnolia
52Happiness Runs$2,6870%21$1,344$6,0512Strand
53Multiple Sarcasms$2,603-84%6-9$434$25,7782New Films International
54The Oath$2,485-57%10$2,485$11,9192Zeitgeist
55The Blind Side$2,400-76%11-14$218$255,950,00026Warner Bros.
56Terribly Happy$2,200-34%3-2$733$160,38215Oscilloscope
57The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus$1,588-47%6-1$265$7,686,81821Sony Pictures Classics
58Breaking Upwards$1,492-50%1--$1,492$76,3827IFC
59In/Significant Others$1,408--1--$1,408$1,4081Fourth Ward Productions
60The White Ribbon$1,389-43%3-4$463$2,219,13920Sony Classics
61U2 3D$1,294--1--$1,294$10,322,763121National Geographic
62Bluebeard (Barbe Bleue)$671-49%2-1$336$32,36332Strand
63A Town Called Panic$548-84%2-1$274$156,43322Zeitgeist Films
6435 Shots of Rum$543--1--$543$176,38435Cinema Guild
65October Country$254-84%1412$18$21,32214International Film Circuit
66The Warlords$196-94%1-5$196$128,9787Magnet Magnolia
67In My Sleep$114--1--$114$24,9304Morning Star